Spotlight: More Than Ready in Naked Bluff, Texas by @anitaphilmar

AP-MTR-300x450More Than Ready in Naked Bluff, Texas
by Anita Philmar
Very hot, western historical short story
Theme: friends to lovers
Word Count: 5803


After losing his brother, Kirk Pepperman planned a future with Richard’s wife, Sadie. Kirk wanted to honor his brother and take care of Sadie. She had other ideas and married another man. Now, Kirk is uncertain what he should do with his life

Mary Beth Owens knows her parents are arranging for her to marry Kirk. The problem is he’s been stuck on the wrong woman for years.She is determined to find out if he can please her. If not, then she has no desire to marry him either.

Can these two let go of the past and move into the future

This story is part of the Naked Bluff series.

Available for .99cents and free for KindleUnlimited.


“Kirk, where are you?”

Unhappy about the interruption, Kirk Pepperman debated not answering Mary Beth Owens’ call. He’d snuck away to the barn’s upper floor to escape his parents and to have a few moments to himself.

The view outside the open loft door showed the sun drifting steadily toward the horizon. A nice cross breeze blew inside and cooled the large space. For the last couple of weeks, he’d found he enjoyed sitting up here alone, maybe because it helped him forget.

“Kirk?” Mary Beth’s voice rang from the ladder, leading to the stalls on the ground floor.

Not bothering to turn, he leaned forward and gripped his hands over his knees. The three-legged stool, where he sat, was right in front of the center pole for the barn. The position afforded him a backrest if he should want one.

The floorboards squeaked, telling him Mary Beth stood behind him. He pictured her in his head. A petite blonde, she had small breasts and appeared much younger than him. In truth, they were around the same age.

Hoping, if he remained quiet, she’d leave. He continued to stare out across his family’s property. The last days of summer and the recent harvest had turned the parched land to dust. What did this place hold for him?

He’d never ventured outside of Naked Bluff to travel or to experience another way of life. Depression filled him at his brother dying so far away from home. Now, though, Kirk understood Richard’s desire to leave.

What future could Kirk have here?

He toyed with the idea of heading off to join the Confederate army. The latest news from the returning soldiers was the south wasn’t faring too well against the Northern armies. Maybe, if he had something to fight for, he’d feel alive again.

The familiar noise of a rope flying through the air alerted him. The lasso fell over his head and circled his chest before it tightened, pinning his arms to his side. “What the…”

With a sharp tug, he fell back against the center pole and hit his head against the solid bulk. “Mary Beth, what are you doing?”

Author Bio:
Anita Philmar enjoys writing hot stories to get the blood a pumping. She grew up in Texas and enjoys sharing information about the state with her readers.

Currently, she is working on a historical series call Naked Bluff, Texas. No, it is not a real place, but the people there do have problems and with the gift of love they do find happiness.

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Sexy at Any Speed: #MySexySaturday #MSS93 #MFRWauthor

My Sexy Saturday bannerThis week’s theme for My Sexy Saturday is My Sexy Love, and focuses on romances inspired by songs.

Worth The Risk coverHowever, since it’s Indy weekend, I’m going to focus on Mitch Delaney, the sexy ex-race car driver hero of Worth The Risk, by Lyn O’Farrell.

A publicity-shy librarian falls for a sexy single dad with a scandalous past, but is love worth the risk?

In today’s snippet, Amanda Lloyd, children’s librarian, is helping Josh’s seven-year-old son find a book to read. He suggests that maybe there’s a book about his dad.

“What does your dad do to make him famous?”

“He’s Mitch Delaney. You know, the racecar driver,” Josh said proudly. “Haven’t you heard of him?”

“Indeed I have.”

Amanda’s head swiveled toward Josh’s father as he stood casually leaning against the checkout desk. She recognized him now. Mitch Delaney. He was often featured on the front pages of the tabloids. He looked just like his pictures—brash, reckless, the type who’d court danger. With very little imagination she could see him in a sleek racing suit in bright red, no, a shimmering silver metallic color. Her gaze roved over his body, picturing how the tight fitting outfit would cling to his broad shoulders, narrow waist and long legs.

Good heavens. Was she losing all grip on reality? The man was a walking hazard to the female half of the population. He must have dated more women than Casanova, from Hollywood starlets to jet-setting heiresses. He was definitely out of her league.

It was just her luck that the first man in a year to interest her would turn out to be the one person she couldn’t afford to get involved with. Not because he was married. He wasn’t. She remembered reading about his stormy marriage to actress Heather Sheridan, their divorce and her subsequent death.

But because he was a celebrity, it would be disastrous for her to become interested in someone like him. She had no desire to see her picture slapped across the supermarket tabloids… again. One scandal in a lifetime was enough for her.

Amanda is in over her head this time!

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Will you be watching the big race on Sunday? I will!

Linda / Lyn O’Farrell

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